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Iron County students study loon nests


Richard Jenkins/Daily Globe

CONSERVATION SPECIALIST Zach Wilson, with the Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department, displays a cracked loon egg and dead turtle found on the floating loon nesting platform on the right in Grand Portage Lake Thursday. Wilson was visiting the nesting platform with Mercer eighth graders, including Tyler Erno, left, as part of a Loon and Lake project the department has been conducting for the past 16 years.

MERCER, Wis. - Mercer eighth graders got the opportunity to visit three floating loon nest platforms Thursday as part of an Iron County Land and Water Conservation Department project.

The students canoed out to nesting platforms located on three lakes - Fox, Deer and Grand Portage - in the Mercer area as part of the Loon and Lake project.

In addition to observing the nests, some students took measurements of the lake's clarity, pH value, amount of oxygen and types of invertebrates.

While loons had made nests on all three platforms, only one remained viable when students visited Thursday....

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